BKO is dead long live bootboot!

Short Form


Ever thought about network booting? What about booting a computer over the internet? What about booting a computer, over the internet, from a server that's on another continent? It's doable, and potentially easier than you would have expected


There existed a project called BKO (boot.kernel.org) that allowed for network booting over the internet. It spawned child sites like boot.fedoraproject.org, but in late 2011 went offline, never to return. Boot Boot is the successor to BKO and aims to go beyond what BKO was originally doing, extending supported OSes and platforms using it.

This is intended as an overview of not only network booting, but network booting over the Internet, as well as the complexities and issues involving such a service / infrastructure, as well as how to use and integrate it into existing infrastructure.

Speaking experience

I've been speaking for a number of years, having spoken multiple years at the Ottawa Linux Symposium, OSCon, LinuxCon, Embedded Linux Conference (North America and Europe), PDX Byte, FOSDEM, SCaLE and probably more places my tired brain is going to forget about right now


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    John Hawley

    Intel - OTC / MinnowBoard


    John ‘Warthog9’ Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He’s the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer mechanism. He currently works for Intel working on Open Hardware, and the Minnowboard. In his free time he enjoys cooking extravagant meals and watching bad movies.